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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1780
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (20 reviews)
“centro salad” (21 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife and I had dinner here on our wedding night. Our server was Kim and she really made the dinner exceptional, she was very friendly and when she learned that it was our wedding night she spent a lot of extra time reviewing the...More

Thank omatraveldog
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, atmosphere and service. We were a group of 10 and we all enjoyed our food and the great service. The entrees were delicious. The drinks were refilled by our server before they were even close to being empty.

Thank Cindy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had lunch yesterday with a friend. Haven't been here for a while. The food is very good and always enjoy it. However, it is starting to get a bit pricey. We each had half a salad and soup with no drinks and it was...More

Thank off2jamaica
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten at a lot of Italian restaurants. I found Centro's menu selections unique, distinctive, beautifully prepared and delicious. The outdoor patio was spacious, nicely appointed, and equipped for comfort in all seasons. Service was attentive without being obtrusive. Server was very knowledgeable about the...More

Thank HildaViktoria M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot say enough good things about this place. The food is amazing! Right done to their bread and their basic house salad. We were celebrating my sister in-laws birthday and this was the perfect place to do it. This place is not cheap but...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful place for a date with your significant other! Warm atmosphere, great service and an extensive menu!

Thank Randy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice varied menu. Everyone I was with had something different and enjoyed it, from the pasta to the chicken to the salmon. Not much in the way of vegan options - you can have pasta with marinara. Bread has egg wash.

Thank 3RedDoxies
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We met friends and were able to enjoy the patio. It can get very noisy inside, so this was a nice option. Service was pleasant. Food was delivered quickly. And everything was delicious!

Thank auvoir
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great server, a white tablecloth dining experience. Food was well prepared. Quatro pizza was excellent as well as the salmon entree.

Thank nancy j
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Centro is a great restaurant in the heart of downtown Des Moines. We ate here three times on our trip. They bring homemade bread with olive oil at the start of your meal that is super fresh. We had everything from the pasta that is...More

Thank Jean E
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Questions & Answers
7 April 2017|
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Response from 114bruceb | Reviewed this property |
I would not say it is extensive but respectable with a decent variety.
7 April 2017|
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Response from Tami W | Reviewed this property |
Good quality options for sure, although not a huge selection.
30 November 2016|
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Response from Arturo A | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing a vegan option.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
    (10th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-248-1780
  • E-mail
Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines lives one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Centro. The urban eatery specializes in delicious Italian-inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by Chef George Formaro. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink and pizza at the bar, Centro’s lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with friends, family, clients and business associates.
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